A short warming up trip (7,5miles)
This trip is only 12km (7,5miles) long and takes you through Le Grand Pineau and Le Fouilloux. Really a nice short trip to see if cycling in our region is well feasable for you or just to be out and about for an hour. You will pass the excavation "Saint Georges" that you can visit. There is a nice platform overlooking the excavation, but the info is only in french sofar.
The old Charlemagne road (12,5 miles)
When we found out that the old "Charlemagne" road is just on the other side of Montguyon we had to make a bicycle trip on part of that road. Due to the construction of the new highspeed railway this road was closed until spring 2016. In the first part you can also visit the local Dolmen "Pierre Folle".
As usual we avoid busy roads as much as possible which has lead to some unusual and exciting connections.
Bicycle trip around the circuit (14miles)
Only 4 miles from the campsite you will find the circuit "Pôle Mécanique de Haute-Saintonge" which regularly organizes happenings for cars and motorcycles. We ride around the back of the circuit and later pass again in front of it. Restaurant "Le Bistrot du Circuit" is open from thursday until lunchtime monday and has a huge terrace with view on the circuit. Total distance 23km (14miles)
Bicycle trip Clérac (17miles)
Via quiet rural roads to the picnic area or the terrace of Auberge des Lacs Bleus in Clérac and back partly using the cycling path "La Voie Verte" via Montguyon.
Total about 27km (17 miles). Below some pictures of what you may see along the way.
Bicycle trip Saint Martin de Coux (17miles)
This trip is mainly via paved roads. Unfortunately there are no restaurants or terraces on the way, but there are numerous spots for a nice picnic. You may find three different town halls (Mairie) at Saint Martin de Coux which does not even have 500 inhabitants !
Total distance 27km (17 miles).
Bicycle trip Cercoux (19miles)
This trip follows rural roads and quite a few forest roads too. In Cercoux you can rest a while at the terrace of restaurant La Forestière. And again a nice photo gallery to show what you can see on this trip. Total distance about 30km (19 miles).
Montguyon and La Voie Verte (20 miles)
To Montguyon avoiding the busy main road D730 and then onward to "La Voie Verte", a nice flat cycling path built on the track of an old railway that we will follow for 7km (4,5 miles). Then back via very quiet roads and even bushroads. Possibility to relax on a terrace after 7km in Montguyon and/or after 27km at the lake "Lac Beau Vallon". But you can also choose to take a break on one of the benches along the cycling path "La Voie Verte" or even have a picnic.
Bicycle trip Carrières Guizengeard (23 miles)
Near the village of Guizengeard in the Charente several excavations used for porcelain clay were operational from 1972 until 2013. Traces of human habitation have been found that date back thousands of years. Since the closure of the pits nature has taken possession of the area again and now you can for example see the colorful european bee-eater.
The excavations can be visited although there is no guidance like at the excavation of Saint Georges at Le Fouilloux (the oldest in the region). A beautiful scenery for a rest or even a picnic during your bicycle trip.
Saint Aigulin (24 miles)
On advice of the first guests who did this tour we have taken out a few parts of sandy road and replaced them by very quiet paved roads. Only 10% of the total is now on sandy roads.
The rest point on this trip is Hotel Restaurant "l'Art dit Vin" opposite the railway station in Saint Aigulin. They have a nice shady terrace in the backyard and a very good kitchen. From tuesday until friday they offer a menu at only € 13,00 at noon made from fresh local or regional products only. Ideal to start this trip mid-morning and only come back after lunch. But of course you can also have your own picknick at a spot you like.
Saint Martin de Coux and the circuit combined (30miles)
For those that do not want to go unprepared, but who want to cycle further than just an hour away we have combined the bicycle trips to Saint Martin de Coux and the tour around the circuit de Haute-Saintonge.
By car it is only 2.5miles to the Intermarché in Montguyon via the D730, but we think this road is far too busy to cycle. Therefore we have made another route to the Intermarché and an alternative route back to the campsite. From the Intermarché you can easily get to the center of Montguyon having to follow the D720 for only 200 yards. We shall be happy to print the description of this route for you.
La Voie Verte
A few years ago an old railway track that meanders through the rolling landscape has been transformed into a 34km (21m) long cycling path between Clérac and Barbezieux-Sainte-Hilaire. The regional tourist office in Montguyon compiled a booklet with various bicycle tours as well (paying).
Every year in September there is a promotion day on the cycling path with some stands of which below an impression. Unfortunately you will only find a terrace at the start and end of La Voie Verte which is why we only use parts of it for our cycling trips.
We have also made a direct route from the campsite to the "Voie Verte" with as little climbing as possible. It will take you only 7,5 miles to get there.